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  • Bedford earns Storm Ready designation

    Bedford has earned the National Weather Service's Storm Ready designation.

    The city is only the fourth locality in the area covered by the Weather Service's Blacksburg office, an area that covers 52 communities, to earn that distinction. It's only the 18th locality in Virginia to earn the designation.

    What this means, according to Phil Hysell, the Blacksburg office's warning coordination meteorologist, is that Bedford has made specific efforts to be prepared for a natural disaster.

    One requirement is a 24-hour emergency warning point and operations center.

  • Festival, local agencies help take care of displaced animals

    Area residents and agencies joined together this week to help the Bedford County Animal Shelter and the animals housed there.

    Work under way at the shelter could have potentially led to some animals having to be euthanized, had the animals not been adopted or taken in by other agencies this week. “That didn't happen. That's ancient history,” noted Scott Polinek, facilities manager for the shelter. “Everybody in the area has really stepped up to help us out.”

  • County considers dropping decals, but will make up lost revenue

    Bedford County's supervisors will vote, Wednesday night, on a plan to get rid of the county decals that cars must now have stuck to their windshields. The vote is scheduled to occur following a public hearing on the issue.

  • Jury acquits man of molesting girl

    A Bedford County jury found 35-year-old Keith Lee Dotson not guilty Tuesday on three felony sex offense counts involving a girl under the age of 13 years old.

    The jury, which deliberated for less than an hour, acquitted Dotson on counts of attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy. Dotson, who was arrested last February, still faces three counts of forcible sodomy, one count of aggravated sexual battery and five counts of animate object sexual penetration in connection with the alleged assault of another girl.

  • Planning commission moves mill plans forward

    The Bedford County Planning Commission, Monday night, unanimously approved a request by the Big Otter Mill Foundation that clears the way for the foundation to begin work to open the mill to the public.

    The mill is located on a 1.7 acre tract on Va. 122 in an agricultural area, 1.3 miles north of Liberty High School. It was completed in 1920 and is on the Virginia Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. It has also been identified on a Bedford County listing of its historic places. It operated until 1950 and has been abandoned ever since.

  • Chase ends in accident, injuries and fire

    An attempt at a traffic stop last Thursday in Bedford County led to a seven-mile chase ending with the car being pursued flipped over and the driver and passenger injured, according to the Virginia State Police.

    Trooper M.D. Mayhew said he had attempted to stop the vehicle on Route 43 north near Northside Building Supply for several traffic violations when the chase ensued. He had been patrolling in that area at the time.

  • Lobsters and the Carroll County shootout

    Lobsters and the Carroll County Courthouse shootout were topics of a Bedford Kiwanis Club meeting last week.

    The two have nothing to do with each other. Scott Carter, of American National Bank, was on hand to present a $1,000 sponsorship check to the club for Lobsterfest.

    April Messier, a club member, was there to talk about the shootout.

    "We're going to talk about blazing guns," she said.

  • Death of infant being investigated

    Bedford Police Department investigators are looking into the death of a 9-month-old infant on Sept. 4.

    The department received a call on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. to respond to Bedford Memorial Hospital in reference to the infant. The infant was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and died two days later.

    According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day the infant's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for a determination of the cause and manner of death. The case remains under investigation.

  • Pregnancy center gets a gold makeover

    Six Bedford Girl Scouts, members of Troop 765, which meets at Bedford Baptist Church, chose the Bedford Pregnancy Center as their Gold Award project.

    The Gold Award, according to Susan Hale and Karen Asbury, co-leaders of the Bedford troop, is the Girl Scout version of the Eagle Award. It's not easy.

  • Not yet finished

    For Dr. James Blevins, making the decision ? and announcement ? of his retirement as superintendent of Bedford County Schools was emotional.

    And though that decision is now public, he also knows his work for the school system isn't yet finished. As Shirley McCabe pointed out at last week's board meeting, there's still a budget yet to do.

    "I want to make sure I continue to do what the board wants," he said.